Donegel Rocky 999


By Al Jones

I have a hard time passing up any Peterson 999 shape. This one is a Donegal Rocky with a Sterling silver band. The nomenclature showed it was a Republic era pipe, but it appeared to be from an earlier era. The sellers pictures didn’t reveal the hallmark detail, but the rugged and random rustification style is significantly different than the machine-created marks of a modern era pipe. My hunch was right. On receipt of the pipe, I cleaned the band, which revealed a stylized “E” for 1972.

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The pipe as it was received. The stem was only mildly oxidized and there was minimal cake in the bowl.

I cleaned the bowl with some warm, soapy water and the polished it by hand with Halycon wax. The cake was reamed and the bowl soaked with sea salt and alcohol.

When the bowl was finished soaking, the stem was mounted and the oxidation removed with 800, 1500 and 2000 grit wet paper. This was followed by 8,000 and 12,000 grade micromesh sheets. The stem was then buffed with White Diamond and Meguiars Plastic Polish. The Sterling band was polished with silver polish.

Below is the finished pipe.

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